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RHONJ Recap: Shady Beach [Episode 1]

Jersey is back baby! These sassy, over the top, group of ethically diverse women have assembled for the eighth season and are truly planning on making this season one for the Housewives history books.

The episode started with the devastating loss of Teresa's mother. No matter if your 15 or 50, it's always so sad when someone loses a parent. They flashed past the funeral and Teresa and Joe helped move their dad into Teresa's home. Dozens of flowers got delivered to the Giudice compound for her mother and one of them came from Jersey's first villian, Danielle Staub. Gia had to remind the grandpa that "she's the girl mom flipped the table on." Bravo reminded us of their epic feud and how the recently became yoga buddies. Teresa is over their beef and wants to be friends. I think it is all fake and Danielle just needed a way to get back onto the show, but I am down for pretending that I believe it.

Over at Dolores' house, her cheating ex-husband has moved back in but they aren't together. Dolores is dating a cute doctor and Frank still has a girlfriend so everything is above board. Dolores' hot son Frankie has some sort of underlying beef with his dad, so I think that is gonna play out this season. Can we all agree that Dolores is gorgeous, I mean she is stunning in every single scene.

Siggy and her husband Michael were having a romantic dinner and her daughter Sophie went to a sleepover. Siggy is the quintessential Jewish mama bear and I love it! Last season Michael kept behind the scenes but it looks like he is coming into the spotlight. Siggy being Siggy, bought boat loads of Penns State merchandise, even though her son isn't officially going to Penns State - this is why I love Siggy Flicker.

Melissa Gorga is still going strong at Envy even though her ex partner stole all her clothes and ran over to Kim D. That is just crazy, I mean just imagine Jackie loading her car with all of Melissa's clothes while wearing that stupid tutu.

Melissa, Siggy and Dolores all rallied around Teresa along with a bunch of other friends that all went by the name Lisa. Siggy had the idea for all the girls to head down to Boca Raton but let's be real, none of those extras were joining the gang on the trip. Siggy held a book signing and her friend of a friend, Margaret Josephs showed up and "just happened" to be in Palm Beach next week so she scored an invite to the girls trip to Boca. Margaret is a 50-year-old woman who wears pigtails and gives zero fucks. She runs her own clothing business and had an affair with her builder who is now her husband. I mean did they find this girl in a soap opera? Even though I am a staunch #TeamSiggy fan, I have to say I'm digging newbie Margaret. Sorry Sig!

I think this was a Housewives first that all the girls went on a vacation - in the first episode! The girls headed down to Siggy's second home in Boca and hit the ground running. Melissa sent her first ever nude pic to Joe Gorga and the girls were ready to hit the town. The ladies went to Siggy's favourite restaurant and she made it clear that it was her favourite restaurant. When Siggy makes an entrance, she makes an entrance. She was screaming and excited to see EVERYONE at the restaurant. Melissa and Margaret were embarrassed but I would definetly want to take a trip with Siggy to Boca. I mean she even managed to bring some randoms food over to their table in all the chaos.

While eating Teresa opened up about how spending time in prison made her miss valuable time with her mother before she died, and she blames Juicy Joe. Siggy also talked about how Michael wants her to cut back on her appearances which I have mixed emotions about. I'm happy to see that Siggy respects her husband and listens to him but if helping people makes her happy then they should at least have a conversation before she rules out her appearances all together.

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